OFICINA DEVELOPS A WIDE RANGE OF DESIGN and construction STRATEGIES FOCUSed oN SOCIAL impact.
OFICINA PROVIDES DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES GEARED TOWARDS COMMUNITY DESIGN WHERE CHALLENGES ARE DIFFERENTIATED FROM CONVENTIONAL PROJECTS. OFICINA LOOKS AT PROJECTS IN A HOLISTIC WAY AND WILL ASSIST YOU NAVIGATING ASPECTS SUCH AS PROJECT FUNDING, LOGISTICS AND PROJECT and construction MANAGEMENT. OFICINA IS HIGHLY INVOLVED IN THE projects from schematic design to BUILDING PHASE AND OFTEN INTEGRATES CONSTRUCTION WITH EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS.
OFICINA IS MANAGED BY ME, JOANA TORRES. I AM A PORTUGUESE ARCHITECT WITH ONE FOOT IN NYC AND ANOTHER FOOT WHERE WORK CALLS FOR. IN 2004 I GRADUATED WITH A MASTERS IN ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM AND BUILDING SCIENCES FROM THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DELFT. SINCE THEN I HAVE MANAGED MULTIPLE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS BOTH IN THE REALM OF COMMUNITY DESIGN AS WELL AS IN MORE CONVENTIONAL residential and commercial PROJECTS. IN THE PAST DECADE I ALSO INTEGRATED THE TEAMS OF EOA, MERGE ARCHITECTS, JDWA AND JORGE MARIO JAUREGUI.
OFICINA HAS DEVELOPED PROJECTS IN URBAN AND RURAL SETTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES, BRAZIL, MEXICO, HOLLAND, TURKEY AND HAITI.
OFICINA believes in:
Contextual projects that have a strong dialogue with its surroundings, its users and local culture.
Understanding of the cultural and socio-economic background of each project.
Participatory design and building processes that promote transfer of knowledge. Projects are the result of many voices and many hands.
Buildings that create sense of ownership from individuals and communities is vital for a successful project and its life beyond construction.
Use of appropriate balance between new and vernacular construction techniques. Low-tech construction methods are especially valuable in areas where resources and access to technology is scarce.
Creative adaptation of crafts such as pottery, weaving, welding, etc. to the architectural context. Buildings are craft creations too.
Use of local materials to provide a sustainable and economical approach. Use of local labor that promote entrepreneurship.
Design processes that consist of studio work with strong hands-on approach and active participation in the construction process. On-site experience along building professionals and other participants is crucial.
Promotion of self-construction in combination with education and skills training to foster self-sustaining communities.
Well-thought and beautiful design brings dignity and empowerment to all people independently of their background.